Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus
The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Anaïs Marin of France as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. The decision was taken on September 28, the last day of the Council’s 39th session.
The candidate was proposed for the vacancy by the Council President Vojislav Šuc, following “broad consultations in particular through the regional coordinators and based on the recommendations of the Consultative Group.”
Anaïs Marin is expected to assume the functions after the expiration of the powers of Miklós Haraszti in late October. Haraszti has served as the country Rapporteur since 2012.
Miklós Haraszti is yet to present his last report to the UN General Assembly during its 73th session opened on September 18.
The next report on the situation of human rights in Belarus, which will be presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council (in June 2019) and the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (October 2019), will be prepared by the new Rapporteur.
Belarusian authorities have said on a number of occasions that they do not recognize the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus.
Anaïs Marin was born in 1977. She is a political scientist specializing in international relations, including post-communist transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Marin is fluent in French, English and Russian. She also can read and understand Belarusian.